Thursday, March 5, 2009

Moving Towards Quality Review Level Observations


In the spirit of transparency, it is important for all stakeholders to be aware that there is a rigorous upgrade to the 2009-2010 Quality Review. 

We at McKee have decided to take steps towards implementing all of the elements by looking at our practices in the classroom. We decided to do informal observations incorporating the Quality Review (QR) classroom observation rubric.

As we proceed forward in doing regular walk-throughs of the departments, below are several attachments that help the school community at McKee.
  • Click here to see a Self Evaluation of Classroom Walk Through / Lesson - a one page form that teachers fill out in a short debriefing session. The goal of all self-evaluations, reflections or observations is to be low inference, which means, it has to be seen and heard.
  • Click here to see the Classroom Walk Through / Observation form. Lines and spacing have been adjusted so that one is able to write down the low-inference evidence as one sees and hears the interactions and activities.
  • Click here to see the Lesson Summary Strategies form. This handout has a list of ways to end a lesson in which the students take the lead in demonstrating their understanding of the content learned during the period.
The goal is to have all of the teachers be able to look at themselves and their colleagues using the self-evaluation template. Through the regularity of the walk-throughs, teachers will become knowledgeable and empowered, able to gauge their practice, be part of a peer assessment process, and understand how to enhance the quality of their lessons to advance student learning.

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